Common English Bible
Prophecy against Philistia
47 The Lord’s word to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh conquered Gaza.
2 The Lord proclaims:
Waters are rising from the north
and turning into a raging flood.
They will engulf the land and everything in it,
the towns and those living in them.
The people cry out;
all who live there scream.
3 At the pounding of the stallions’ hooves,
at the deafening roar of the chariots’ wheels,
parents abandon children,
so paralyzed are they with fear.
4 Because the time is coming
for the Philistines’ destruction,
for cutting off from Tyre and Sidon
anyone who might try to save Gaza,[a]
because the Lord will destroy the Philistines,
the few left from the island of Caphtor.
5 Mourning[b] will come upon Gaza;
silence will cover Ashkelon,
the few left in their valley.
How long will you gash yourselves in grief?[c]
6 You sword of the Lord,
how long until you are silent?
Return to your sheath;
rest and be still!
7 How can you be silent
when the Lord has directed you[d]
to attack Ashkelon and the coast line?